Thursday night, snow crews are out making sure roads in central Virginia are clear following the area's morning tussle with winter weather.
The plow trucks were back out again in Charlottesville late Thursday afternoon, putting down another layer of salt and brine to make sure the roads don't freeze up again since it's so cold.
Traffic accidents dominated the Thursday morning commute. In Charlottesville, a pair of wrecks clogged things up along the Route 250 bypass. More than five tied up roads in Albemarle County.
"The most common mistake that people make when there's snow on the ground is trying like there's not snow on the ground," said Jonathan Hickory, an officer with Albemarle County police's traffic unit.
In the city, public works crews came in at 2 a.m. to work on the roads. As the snow intensified, more crews were called in at 4 a.m.
"The chemicals were not acting as fast as we might like them to be. When you get down in the teens it gets a little rough," said Judy Mueller, Charlottesville Public Works director.
Twenty-eight plow trucks cleared roads Thursday. Mueller says operating in a 24-hour mode with only eight hours' worth of people is pricey.
"Any time we make a call to bring people in, it's overtime," she said.
Secondary roads remained snow-covered in Albemarle and Greene counties through the afternoon. VDOT crews are on 12-hour shifts until the wintry precipitation is clear.
Mike Meintzschel made the best of the situation, using a broom to clear the snow from the sidewalk of his Charlottesville home.
"When I know it's dry I either use the leaf blower or the broom. Whatever is the most handy," he said.
Charlottesville city code requires that property owners remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of snow fall.
Virginia Department of Transportation MEDIA RELEASE
CREWS CONTINUE WORK ON CENTRAL VA. ROADS
Some primary roads, most secondaries remain slick
CULPEPER — Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation continue to clear snow from roads across Central Virginia. At this time, interstates are clear but wet, with most other roads presenting slick driving conditions.
Primary highways in Culpeper, Greene, Orange and Rappahannock Counties are currently in minor condition, mostly clear but with some icy patches. Secondary roads across VDOT's Culpeper District are mostly snow-covered.
VDOT crews will remain on duty throughout the day, first addressing primary roads and then shifting resources to secondary roads.
Motorists should continue to use caution when traveling, particularly on bridges, overpasses and ramps, which are most prone to freezing. Reduce speed, increase following distance and allow extra time for travel.
Motorists should check VDOT's 511 travel website, www.511virginia.org, before leaving on a trip. The website is updated in real time with weather and road conditions for all highways in Virginia.
Once on the road VDOT's 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic and weather information for both iPhone and Android platforms.
Travelers can also call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for real-time information on traffic and road conditions.
Charlottesville Communications Office MEDIA RELEASE
Charlottesville Snow Removal Reminder
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Charlottesville City Code requires that property owners remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of snow fall.
Per City Code, the City Manager has declared 8:00 am on January 24, 2013 as the end of the most recent snow fall. Snow must be removed from sidewalks by 8:00 am January 25, 2013.
Should another snow event occur within the 24 hour window, the time frame for removal resets.
The City of Charlottesville reminds the community to be safe and healthy when shoveling snow and to assist neighbors who may have difficulty removing snow from their property.
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